Residents honored with horticultural awards
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) recognized White Horse Village residents with two awards.
The Harvesters Garden, a community garden run by residents of White Horse Village, was awarded the Blue Ribbon Gardening and Greening Contest in the category of Combination Garden, Community.
Entries were submitted from 300 gardens in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland this summer.
The combination garden is any size garden with both flowers and vegetables where both have significant impact for motivating people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.
Dr. Robert Poole, a resident of White Horse Village and master gardener in the Harvesters Garden, accepted this prestigious award at an awards reception. His daughter, West Chester resident Cindy Poole, coordinated the application and submission for the winning garden.
The winning Harvesters Garden is 120 square feet with 72 wood framed plots surrounded by an eight foot high deer fence.
The members of the Harvesters are divided into planters and growers, cutters and pickers, flower arrangers and sellers.
The White Horse Chefs also participate by growing fresh herbs and additional produce to use in the kitchens.
Since its inception in 1992, this garden has truly become a win-win-win experience.
The Harvester members experience horticultural fulfillment, the residents living in the retirement community enjoy the produce and flowers and are able to purchase low-priced White Horse Village residents John and Sandy Young received the Award of Merit from PHS. fresh vegetables in the summer months.
The money raised is used for quality of life evening musical and cultural programs or campus improvement. Over $55,000 has been contributed in 25 years.
PHS also honored White Horse Village residents John and Sandy Young with the Award of Merit, awarded to individuals for outstanding contributions to horticulture of horticultural activities, including the Philadelphia Flower Show, PHS programs and PHS volunteers.
White Horse Village Retirement Community is located in Edgmont Township. Visit www.whitehorsevillage.org — Submitted to the Daily Local News
West Chester resident Cindy Poole with her father Dr. Robert Poole, recipient of the Blue Ribbon Award for the White Horse Village Harvesters Garden. Back row: WHV Vice President of Marketing Dottie Mallon with PHS President Matt Rader.